The Lamar Hotel

Also known as the Lamar House and, today, at least on the rear (S. Gay Street) side, the Bijou Theatre. It was there that Union cavalryman Gen. William P. Sanders died from a mortal wounding by a Rebel sharpshooter (sniper), with his commander Gen. Burnside in attendance.

In the novel, the hotel was just around the corner from the widow Leila Ellis’s home, where she sometimes heard carousing drunks late at night. So at midnight on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1863, when the Rebels drove in the Union pickets at Fort Sanders, the noise awakening her, she at first wondered if the drinkers at the Lamar weren’t fighting out an argument in the street.

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About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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